- Rafting & Adventures
- Wrangell St. Elias NP
Known for it’s large volume and even bigger rapids , it is often compared to the Grand Canyon in style and size, the rapids provide excitement that any adrenaline seeker can sate themselves with. Being remote and untamed, the Tana offers the boater and adventure seeker the embodiment of Alaska whitewater… big, fast, and cold!
**Did your Tatshenshini or Alsek river trip get cancelled due to Covid and border closings? The Tana is an extraordinary river located inside Alaska and in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the biggest NP in the entire USA.** The biggest difference between a Tana trip and an Alsek or Tatshenshini is that the entire trip is inside Alaska, no border crossings/closures and no international logistics, fly into Anchorage and shuttle, drive or fly to McCarthy. The whitewater is on par and you have the option of doing this epic trip in 4 day(whitewater express), 6 day (Alaska River Experience) or 12 day (Source to Sea) increments. The Tana valley is some of the most pristine country in North America.
At 36 miles in length, the Tana offers a lot in a short distance. The Tana River isn’t just about rapids though, offering soaring views of both the Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges, the Tana offers as much in natural beauty as it does in large whitewater. Class IV Whitewater, rolling sand dunes, spotting Grizzly Bear, Dall Sheep, and perhaps one of the Wrangell’s herds of bison, this trip is perfect for the adventurous at heart.
Starting with a bush plane drop off down-stream the Tana Glacier, the Tana River rumbles its way down towards the ocean. We’ll begin our trip by exploring the surroundings of this beautiful and unique area. The first day on the river is fairly mellow with some smaller rapids getting us ready for the power ahead. On day two the sheer power of the river meets us, enjoy the ride as your guide expertly rows you thru the big waves or if you like, we’ll bring a paddle boat along and you can enjoy the ride while digging your paddle into some of Alaska’s premier whitewater. Fly out at Jake’s Bar Airstrip after the Tana merges with the Chitina River or continue on down stream, for a few more days on the river, to the confluence with the Copper, the Tana trip is THE BEST! The upper stretch can be done in three to four days, ad another day or two to continue on to Chitina.
What a great question! Read our blog that compares these two mighty rivers – the Tana and the Colorado – to understand how the rivers and trips are alike and different. Wildlife and scenery, visitation (think crowds), whitewater big volume and number of rapids vs calm water, food, comforts and more are compared on these two world class trip.
It is a truly unique time to be on the Tana, the crowds are nowhere around, the scenery is pristine and the possibility of not seeing another human for the duration of your trip is quite possible, if not likely. Come join us on this gem before it is “discovered.” Our guides are the best in the business and will make sure you have the time of your life!
My wife and I, along with 6 other friends used McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters for an epic river trip down the Tana this July! Nik Merlino, the owner/operator of MRTO is a gracious host and is very knowledgeable about the McCarthy/Kennecott area and its numerous rivers. Everything from the rafts, to the top of the line drysuits, make river running in Alaska incredibly comfortable. I cannot recommend this company enough. We’ll definitely be back!
-Andrew G. Knoxville TN
~ Bush Plane flight to Put-In with some of Alaska’s premier pilots. 4 Day includes Bush Plane Pick-Up as well.
~ Alaska’s best undiscovered glacial whitewater. Class IV Grand Canyonesque waves and drops.
~ Towering views of multiple 16,000+ foot Mountains
~ Multiple fantastic hiking and exploring opportunities
~ Hearty, Filling meals featuring locally sourced Meats & Veggies
~ Immerse yourself in some of North America’s wildest Mountains!
Group Trips Launching July 6th & August 8th.
Group Trips Launching July 6th & August 7th
4 Day Expedition: $2675 Per Person Fly in/Fly out
6 Day Expedition: $2875 Per Person Fly In with pick up in Chitina
***Participants Should Plan for a day of River Safety Training Prior to Launch Date***